Mason Family (Cebolla Creek) State Wildlife Area
Aliases: Cebolla Creek
This state wildlife area was formerly known as ‘Cebolla Creek.’ This area has a striking mix of habitats, including rocky cliffs, wet meadows, streamside willow thickets, and montane coniferous forest. Look for Rock Wrens and Savannah, Lincoln’s, and Brewer’s Sparrows. Dusky Grouse are in the area, and Gray Jays might steal your food if you picnic in the SWA parking lot. This is also a good area to look for butterflies. People are not likely to bother you here, and there are no facilities, but you might find marmots, sqirrels, deer, elk, or even bear or mountain lion if you are very fortunate.
Attractions: Bighhorn sheep have been seen on the cliffs east of the SWA.
Habitat: Mixed Conifer Forest, Stream, Streamside Willow, Cliff Face, Spruce-Fir Forest
Directions: From the north, from the intersection of CO 149 and Gunnison CR 27, go south on CR 27 (which becomes Hinsdale CR 5) for 15 miles to entrance to the SWA on the right. From the west, from the intersection of CR 5 and CO 149 at Slumgullion Pass, go NE on CR 5 for 16 miles to the entrance on the right. From the east, from the intersection of CO 114 and Saguache CR NN14, go south on CR NN14 for 4 miles to the intersection with CR KK14 and take a right (west). Take CR KK14 (which becomes Hinsdale CR 45) for 23 miles, over the Hinsdale County line, to the intersection with Hinsdale CR 15. Turn right on CR 15 and go a little over 1 mile to the intersection with CR 5 and go north (right) for 1 mile to the entrance on the left.
Delorme: 68 D1
Roads of Colorado: 116 B3
Dates of Access: Open all year
Ownership: Colorado Parks and Wildlife
Restrictions: Please follow all rules and regulations.
Parking: Gravel parking lot
Lodging: Hotels in Lake City or Gunnison. Dry camping.
Handicapped Access: Some viewing from car